Atlanta-born sisters Leah and Chloe Smith began Rising Appalachia as an outlet for their myriad artistic impulses, incorporating influences from all corners of American roots music to create a tectonic musical whole. The hard-touring, politically minded group’s sound draws from soul, folk, jazz, spoken word, hip hop and beyond—a decidedly strange brew that nonetheless goes down smoothly. And the New Orleans-based outfit doesn’t stop with just music: its RISE Collective, a nebulous group of performers, educators, dancers and many other cultural movers and shakers, aims to connect artists from all disciplines to one another and to their communities in new and often interesting ways.
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